We have one of the highest pet ownership in the world in Australia, with 63% of households owning pets. 40% of these pets are dogs and 30% are cats. There is also a menagerie of others including birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, rabbits and more, depending on the interests of individual owners. While vets treat all comers, predominately their patients are domestic dogs and cats.
Four Common Diseases that Affect Puppies and Dogs
All vets urge their clients to vaccinate their puppies and kittens, then keep these vaccinations up to date with regular booster shots. For dogs, distemper, infectious hepatitis, parvovirus and canine cough are the four most common diseases that are controlled by vaccination programs. Distemper is not as common as it once was because of the success of these programs, but it still occurs, so complacency is not an option.
Feline Enteritis and Cat Flu Dangerous for Cats and Kittens
Cats can contract feline enteritis and feline respiratory disease, more commonly known as cat flu. Cat flu is particularly difficult to control as cats that survive the infection can become carriers for many years, spreading the virus without appearing to be ill themselves. Vets also recommend a regular vaccination schedule for both dogs and cats.
At Durack Pet Motel every dog or cat boarding with us must have their vaccinations up to date to protect all the animals staying with us. We require proof that these are up to date by presenting current certificates prior to, or on arrival for boarding.
Pets are Safe with Us – We Require Proof of Vaccination
We understand that for most pet owners, leaving their furry family members, even for a short time, is difficult. Knowing that they have the best accommodation, play time and cuddles with our staff and no risks to their health means they can enjoy their break and come back ready to love their pets all over again.
Combine Annual Booster Shots with Regular Health Checks
Puppies require their first vaccinations at 6 to 8 weeks, the second at 12 to 14 weeks, the third at 16 to 18 weeks and thereafter, an annual booster. Kittens follow the same schedule. The annual visit is also an excellent opportunity for a general health check-up and to discuss any concerns you may have with your vet.
Up-to-Date Protection Handy when Emergency Accommodation Needed
By regularly scheduling not only the original vaccinations, but also the annual top-ups, your pet will always have up-to-date protection. This will give you peace of mind and is very useful when emergency accommodation needs to be found for your pet at a moment’s notice. If you need to be on a plane to respond to a work or family crisis, there will be no time to visit your vet, so having everything in place all the time solves all problems.